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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212413/scarless-deletion-of-up-to-seven-methyl-accepting-chemotaxis-genes-with-an-optimized-method-highlights-key-function-of-chem-in-salmonella-typhimurium
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Stefanie Hoffmann, Christiane Schmidt, Steffi Walter, Jennifer K Bender, Roman G Gerlach
Site-directed scarless mutagenesis is an essential tool of modern pathogenesis research. We describe an optimized two-step protocol for genome editing in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium to enable multiple sequential mutagenesis steps in a single strain. The system is based on the λ Red recombinase-catalyzed integration of a selectable antibiotics resistance marker followed by replacement of this cassette. Markerless mutants are selected by expressing the meganuclease I-SceI which induces double-strand breaks in bacteria still harboring the resistance locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212370/the-evolution-of-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplant-for-children-and-adolescents-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Allyson Flower, Mitchell S Cairo
Survival rates in subsets of pediatric patients who have acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with favorable risk features are now greater than 90%. However, outcomes for patients with high-risk (HR) features remain unacceptably poor. As novel technologies for the identification of HR biomarkers and the detection of residual disease are developed, risk stratification and the application of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) are evolving. HSCT has been shown to benefit subpopulations of pediatric patients with AML, including those with HR cytogenetic translocations, genetic mutations, and/or residual disease after induction...
January 2017: Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology: H&O
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211989/timothy-syndrome-1-genotype-without-syndactyly-and-major-extracardiac-manifestations
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Róbert Sepp, Lidia Hategan, Attila Bácsi, Judit Cseklye, László Környei, János Borbás, Márta Széll, Tamás Forster, István Nagy, Zoltán Hegedűs
Timothy syndrome 1 (TS1) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by multisystem abnormalities including QT prolongation, congenital heart defects, facial dysmorphism, episodic hypoglycemia, and neurological symptoms. A morphological hallmark of TS1 is syndactyly, present in all cases. TS1 is caused by the canonical p.Gly406Arg mutation in the alternatively spliced exon 8A in the CACNA1C gene, encoding for the main cardiac L-type calcium channel. A variant case of TS1 is reported. The proband had intermittent fetal bradycardia with heart rate of 72 bpm...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209969/solution-of-the-spatial-neutral-model-yields-new-bounds-on-the-amazonian-species-richness
#4
Yahav Shem-Tov, Matan Danino, Nadav M Shnerb
Neutral models, in which individual agents with equal fitness undergo a birth-death-mutation process, are very popular in population genetics and community ecology. Usually these models are applied to populations and communities with spatial structure, but the analytic results presented so far are limited to well-mixed or mainland-island scenarios. Here we combine analytic results and numerics to obtain an approximate solution for the species abundance distribution and the species richness for the neutral model on continuous landscape...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209841/salicylic-acid-dependent-plant-stress-signalling-via-mitochondrial-succinate-dehydrogenase
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Katharina Belt, Shaobai Huang, Louise F Thatcher, Hayley Casarotto, Karam Singh, Olivier Van Aken, A Harvey Millar
Mitochondria are known for their role in ATP production and generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), but little is known about the mechanism of their early involvement in plant stress signalling. The role of mitochondrial succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) in salicylic acid (SA) signalling was analysed using two mutants; disrupted in stress response 1 (dsr1) which is a point mutation in SDH1 identified in a loss of SA signalling screen, and a knockdown mutant (sdhaf2) for SDH assembly factor 2 that is required for FAD insertion into SDH1...
February 16, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207965/is-colchicine-more-effective-to-prevent-pfapa-episodes-in-mefv-variants
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Muhammed Gunes, Sukru Cekic, Sara Sebnem Kilic
BACKGROUND: Periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis and cervical adenitis (PFAPA) syndrome is the most frequent repetitive fever syndrome in childhood. It is characterized with fever episodes lasting for about three to six days, once every three to eight weeks. METHODS: Clinical and laboratory data of patients with PFAPA syndrome between January 2010 and December 2014 followed up at a tertiary pediatric care hospital were reviewed. RESULTS: Four-hundred children (256 male, 144 female), the mean age at diagnosis was 4...
February 16, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207948/right-sided-aortic-arch-in-the-age-of-microarray
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Edward F O'Mahony, Darren P Hutchinson, George McGillivray, Debbie L Nisbet, Ricardo Palma-Dias
OBJECTIVE: For fetuses with a diagnosis of right aortic arch and normal cardiac anatomy we aimed to establish the frequency of chromosomal anomaly diagnosed with SNP microarray analysis, particularly focusing on microduplications or microdeletions which would have gone undetected by conventional karyotyping and 6 probe fish (13,18,21, X,Y, TUPLE). METHOD: Retrospective study of fetal ultrasounds between 2011 and 2016 in an Australian tertiary referral centre. Outcomes of interest were survival and postnatal surgery for vascular ring...
February 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205231/analysis-of-ctdna-to-predict-prognosis-and-monitor-treatment-responses-in-metastatic-pancreatic-cancer-patients
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He Cheng, Chen Liu, Jiahao Jiang, Guopei Luo, Yu Lu, Kaizhou Jin, Meng Guo, Zhenzhen Zhang, Jin Xu, Liang Liu, Quanxing Ni, Xianjun Yu
Cell-free circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in plasma has been used as a potential noninvasive biomarker for various tumors. The current study was performed to evaluate the clinical implications of ctDNA detection in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Firstly, we attempted to prospectively screen a panel of 60 genes in cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from ten metastatic pancreatic cancer patients via exome sequencing. Secondly, droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) was used to identify potential mutations in a cohort of 188 patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203297/therapeutic-approach-to-treating-patients-with-braf-mutant-lung-cancer-latest-evidence-and-clinical-implications
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Adrianus J de Langen, Egbert F Smit
Lung adenocarcinoma is known for its high rate of somatic mutations and genomic rearrangements. The identification of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations and anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) rearrangements that sensitize tumors to specific drugs has changed the therapeutic approach and prognosis in these molecularly-defined subgroups. Several other key genetic alterations have been identified, of which BRAF mutations are found in 4% of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cases. Targeted drugs against BRAF and downstream MEK were recently approved for the treatment of BRAF-positive melanoma and have entered clinical evaluation in NSCLC...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203231/error-prone-dnae2-balances-the-genome-mutation-rates-in-myxococcus-xanthus-dk1622
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Ran Peng, Jiang-He Chen, Wan-Wan Feng, Zheng Zhang, Jun Yin, Ze-Shuo Li, Yue-Zhong Li
dnaE is an alpha subunit of the tripartite protein complex of DNA polymerase III that is responsible for the replication of bacterial genome. The dnaE gene is often duplicated in many bacteria, and the duplicated dnaE gene was reported dispensable for cell survivals and error-prone in DNA replication in a mystery. In this study, we found that all sequenced myxobacterial genomes possessed two dnaE genes. The duplicate dnaE genes were both highly conserved but evolved divergently, suggesting their importance in myxobacteria...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202815/covariation-in-levels-of-nucleotide-diversity-in-homologous-regions-of-the-avian-genome-long-after-completion-of-lineage-sorting
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Ludovic Dutoit, Nagarjun Vijay, Carina F Mugal, Christen M Bossu, Reto Burri, Jochen Wolf, Hans Ellegren
Closely related species may show similar levels of genetic diversity in homologous regions of the genome owing to shared ancestral variation still segregating in the extant species. However, after completion of lineage sorting, such covariation is not necessarily expected. On the other hand, if the processes that govern genetic diversity are conserved, diversity may potentially covary even among distantly related species. We mapped regions of conserved synteny between the genomes of two divergent bird species-collared flycatcher and hooded crow-and identified more than 600 Mb of homologous regions (66% of the genome)...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202591/non-classical-phase-diagram-for-virus-bacterial-coevolution-mediated-by-clustered-regularly-interspaced-short-palindromic-repeats
#12
Pu Han, Michael W Deem
CRISPR is a newly discovered prokaryotic immune system. Bacteria and archaea with this system incorporate genetic material from invading viruses into their genomes, providing protection against future infection by similar viruses. The condition for coexistence of prokaryots and viruses is an interesting problem in evolutionary biology. In this work, we show an intriguing phase diagram of the virus extinction probability, which is more complex than that of the classical predator-prey model. As the CRISPR incorporates genetic material, viruses are under pressure to evolve to escape recognition by CRISPR...
February 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202545/the-basis-for-acyl-specificity-in-the-tafazzin-reaction
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Michael Schlame, Yang Xu, Mindong Ren
Tafazzin is a mitochondrial enzyme that transfers fatty acids from phospholipids to lysophospholipids. Mutations in tafazzin cause abnormal molecular species of cardiolipin and the clinical phenotype of Barth syndrome. However, the mechanism by which tafazzin creates acyl specificity has been controversial. We have shown that the lipid phase state can produce acyl specificity in the tafazzin reaction but others have reported that tafazzin itself carries enzymatic specificity. To resolve this issue, we replicated and expanded the controversial experiments, i...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199199/association-of-mamld1-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms%C3%A2-with-hypospadias-in-chinese-han-population
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Yidong Liu, Weijing Ye, Ming Wu, Yiran Huang
Hypospadias is one of the most common congenital malformations among children. Both gene mutations and environmental factors are thought to be involved in the development of hypospadias. The mastermind-like domain-containing 1 gene (MAMLD1, formerly CXorf6) is a new candidate gene and its mutation has been shown in some cases of hypospadias. Here, by direct sequencing of PCR products, we assessed and found mutations that occur in 220 sporadic cases of hypospadias. The mutations p.N589S (c.1766A>G) was found at a significantly higher rate among patients with hypospadias...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198397/cystinosis-ctns-zebrafish-mutant-shows-pronephric-glomerular-and-tubular-dysfunction
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Mohamed A Elmonem, Ramzi Khalil, Ladan Khodaparast, Laleh Khodaparast, Fanny O Arcolino, Joseph Morgan, Anna Pastore, Przemko Tylzanowski, Annelii Ny, Martin Lowe, Peter A de Witte, Hans J Baelde, Lambertus P van den Heuvel, Elena Levtchenko
The human ubiquitous protein cystinosin is responsible for transporting the disulphide amino acid cystine from the lysosomal compartment into the cytosol. In humans, Pathogenic mutations of CTNS lead to defective cystinosin function, intralysosomal cystine accumulation and the development of cystinosis. Kidneys are initially affected with generalized proximal tubular dysfunction (renal Fanconi syndrome), then the disease rapidly affects glomeruli and progresses towards end stage renal failure and multiple organ dysfunction...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198347/natural-escherichia-coli-isolates-rapidly-acquire-genetic-changes-upon-laboratory-domestication
#16
Bin Liu, Gustavo Eydallin, Ram P Maharjan, Lu Feng, Lei Wang, Thomas Ferenci
The adaptation of environmental bacteria to laboratory conditions was analysed through the exploration of genomic changes in four strains of Escherichia coli freshly isolated from their natural habitats and belonging to different taxonomic clusters. Up to 25 mutations were present in all cultures of natural isolates within 10 days of transfer in rich media or with a single growth cycle involving an extended stationary phase. Among numerous individual mutations, two genes were affected in parallel in distinct backgrounds...
January 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198078/mutation-in-the-s-gene-of-hepatitis-b-virus-and-anti-hbs-subtype-nonspecificity-contributed-to-the-coexistence-of-hbsag-and-anti-hbs-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Xiaochun Fu, Jing Chen, Huijuan Chen, Jinpiao Lin, Zhen Xun, Shiqi Li, Can Liu, Yongbin Zeng, Tianbin Chen, Bin Yang, Qishui Ou
The mechanism for the coexistence of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and antibodies to HBsAg (anti-HBs) in chronic HBV infected patients remains controversial. This study aimed to explore the role of HBV S gene mutation and anti-HBs subtype-nonspecificity in patients with simultaneous HBsAg/anti-HBs positivity. Chronic HBV infections with (n = 145, group I) and without (n = 141, group II) anti-HBs were included. The S gene was amplified and sequenced. The neutralization experiment was used in group I patients' sera to determine the specificity of anti-HBs...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197791/clinical-manifestations-and-genetic-analysis-of-17-patients-with-autosomal-dominant-hyper-ige-syndrome-in-mainland-china-new-reports-and-a-literature-review
#18
Jing Wu, Ji Chen, Zhi-Qing Tian, Hao Zhang, Ruo-Lan Gong, Tong-Xin Chen, Li Hong
PURPOSE: Autosomal dominant hyper-IgE syndrome (AD-HIES) is a rare complicated primary immunodeficiency disease (PID). Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) gene mutation is found to cause AD-HIES. The distribution of AD-HIES patients with STAT3 deficiency in the Chinese population is not clear. Herein, we retrospectively report 17 AD-HIES patients with STAT3 deficiency and demonstrate their clinical, immunological, and genetic features. METHODS: Patients' clinical data were collected from their medical records...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196956/amino-acid-catabolism-in-staphylococcus-aureus-and-the-function-of-carbon-catabolite-repression
#19
Cortney R Halsey, Shulei Lei, Jacqueline K Wax, Mckenzie K Lehman, Austin S Nuxoll, Laurey Steinke, Marat Sadykov, Robert Powers, Paul D Fey
Staphylococcus aureus must rapidly adapt to a variety of carbon and nitrogen sources during invasion of a host. Within a staphylococcal abscess, preferred carbon sources such as glucose are limiting, suggesting that S. aureus survives through the catabolism of secondary carbon sources. S. aureus encodes pathways to catabolize multiple amino acids, including those that generate pyruvate, 2-oxoglutarate, and oxaloacetate. To assess amino acid catabolism, S. aureus JE2 and mutants were grown in complete defined medium containing 18 amino acids but lacking glucose (CDM)...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196901/novel-variant-in-the-ank2-membrane-binding-domain-is-associated-with-ankyrin-b-syndrome-and-structural-heart-disease-in-a-first-nations-population-with-a-high-rate-of-long-qt-syndrome
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Leigh Anne Swayne, Nathaniel P Murphy, Sirisha Asuri, Lena Chen, Xiaoxue Xu, Sarah McIntosh, Chao Wang, Peter J Lancione, Jason D Roberts, Charles Kerr, Shubhayan Sanatani, Elizabeth Sherwin, Crystal F Kline, Mingjie Zhang, Peter J Mohler, Laura T Arbour
BACKGROUND: Long QT syndrome confers susceptibility to ventricular arrhythmia, predisposing to syncope, seizures, and sudden death. While rare globally, long QT syndrome is ≈15× more common in First Nations of Northern British Columbia largely because of a known mutation in KCNQ1. However, 2 large multigenerational families were affected, but negative for the known mutation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Long QT syndrome panel testing was carried out in the index case of each family, and clinical information was collected...
January 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
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